Animals in the Savannah at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge; giraffe
  • On Oct 11, 2023
    Laura from GB Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi. We are staying in Orlando and I am desperate to visit Animal Kingdom Lodge. Is it possible to visit by car and just eat at the quick service, ie Mara, or do I have to have a reservation? I worked there as a student but sadly cannot afford to stay.

    Hi Laura! Welcome to planDisney!

    You are only days away until you arrive for a magical Disney holiday! I hope you are excited about all the amazing experiences that await you! The Halloween season is upon us and there are some tasty treats and special merchandise to check out while you are exploring the parks and resorts.

    Although you may not be staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, you may certainly visit this resort during your stay. The guaranteed way to park a vehicle at this resort is by making an Advanced Dining Reservation at one of the incredible table-service restaurants located here. Sanaa, Boma - Flavors of Africa, and Jiko - The Cooking Place are all great options and have unique menu offerings. If you prefer to try the quick service location, I suggest creating a mobile order using the My Disney Experience App. When you arrive at the guard shack upon entering the resort, you can show the Cast Member your mobile order confirmation. Usually, they will allow you access to park and pick up your order. However, this is not always a guarantee. 

    The easiest way to get here is during a visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. You can take a mid-day break and hop on a bus to the resort. The ride is only a few minutes and you'll have as much time as you would like to explore and try out some of the delicious offerings. When you are done, hop back on the bus to the theme park to close out the day. In fact, you can use this strategy on any park day. There will be buses available from all four parks to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

    Laura, I hope this information helps you plan for your stay! Stop back and see us again at planDisney!

    See ya real soon!
    Greg
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, South Carolina

Hello friends! Greg here from Charleston, SC. I am a Disney-loving husband and dad to two wonderful daughters. Walt Disney World Resort offers everything you want in a vacation and touches all the senses. From the sights to sounds and even the smells, there is something for everyone to enjoy! When our family is not riding "it’s a small world" or going on a Journey Into Imagination With Figment, we are readily planning our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Learn More About Greg

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